Monday, September 25, 2017

Blog Tour: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale #Review #Giveaway




Author: Avon Gale
Book: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication date: September 25, 2017
Length: 232 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Synopsis

Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.


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Review

Avon Gale is by far one of my most favorite authors. Everything she has written, either by herself or with a collaborator, has been sheer brilliance. Witty and sarcastic, with fulfilling happily ever afters--her books just always tick all of my buttons and leave me satisfied and happy. Her newest book, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell, is no different. While I'll admit that an F/F romance isn't usually my go-to type of book, I'll read anything Avon writes, and I was not in the least bit disappointed. Her characters were wonderful, the dialogue was sharp and has that trademark bite coupled with humor that no one does as well as she does. The music, the atmosphere, the feelings ... the whole story completely captivated me from the very first page. 

When Julliard trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up to audition for Victoria "Vix" Vincent and her band to be their new fiddle player, she's not exactly sure what she's hoping for ...to fall in love with music again, sure, but she absolutely didn't plan to fall in love or spend the summer discovering who she really is. Sawyer blows the band away with her talent and they offer her the job for their summer tour. In typical Avon Gale style, Sawyer is a complex mixture of fierce and vulnerable full of snark and sass. She clicks with Vix right away; not surprising since Vix made an impression on a younger Sawyer when they were in high school. Their meeting was brief, but Sawyer has never forgotten the brash and bold Vix or the words they shared. It definitely doesn't take long at all for Sawyer to connect with music once again, something she was afraid wouldn't happen after the stress and unhappiness of being at Julliard for the past three years. She feels a freedom she's never felt before, both musically and sexually.

For her part, Vix is more than happy to show Sawyer the ropes so to speak on her sexual journey. As a strong bisexual woman, Vix owns her sexuality and her pleasure and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. I absolutely loved how Gale wrote Vix and Sawyer's relationship. There is a super strong friendship before the sex starts, and they've shared secrets and late night talks and really gotten to know one another. The more time Sawyer spends with Vix, the more self-aware she becomes and really starts to take a look at her life and her wants and her dreams. Their connection is so strong, so realistic that it all just works. Even the missteps and the mistakes, the flares of jealousy and misunderstandings, all felt very authentic to both characters.

Music plays a central part of the overall story and Gale's knowledge and love of music shines through. No one could ever say she fakes her way around a story line; her subjects are near and dear to her heart. As we've come to love and expect there are sizzling hot sex scenes that are filled with her usual tenderness, snark, and humor. The band members were all awesome--I especially really liked Jeff. And let's not forget Sawyer's parents or fellow musician, Jax, who I'm really hoping to see more of! Really, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is such a terrific book. Low angst, high emotion, sweet and sexy ... it has it all. Make sure y'all check this one out, you'll be sorry if you don't!






About the Author

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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Giveaway

To celebrate this release, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback copy of The Love Song of Sawyer Bell! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 30, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Interviewing Annabella Michaels~ Writing Her First Menage! #Interview








Interview


It’s exciting to have Annabella Michaels here on Diverse Reader today. She’s only days away from releasing her very first ménage which is thrilling! I was lucky enough to already read it and as a fan of MMM it’s a must read. 

Now, because this is this authors first go at the triad love thing, some readers may have concerns. Questions of their own perhaps. Like I said, I’ve read it and today we are hopefully going to put minds at ease and at the same time introduce you to these three characters that are sure to steal your hearts!


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Hello, Annabella, thanks for being here. First, let’s talk about the series. This is the last book in it. How are you holding up with saying goodbye to this world?  

Thank you for having me. It’s been an emotional experience, winding down the series. These guys and the Greene family have been my heart and soul over the last year so that’s difficult to let go of, but I know we’ll get to see them here and there in the future.


Uniting the Souls is your very first ménage. I have to know, was it hard with the parts and placement to write these three?

I thought it might be, but as usual, my characters were the ones telling the story, so I let them lead me. They knew exactly how they wanted things to go and I think it worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. LOL


Tell us about the three characters a bit. Hudson, Matt, and Isaac?

Oh, these three guys stole my heart. Hudson is very level-headed, kind and compassionate. He knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to go for it. Isaac, despite his past is open, affectionate and trusting. He wants to love and be loved. Matt has had his own rough road he’s traveled, but he is still caring and honest and would give anyone the shirt off his back.



Each backstory tugs at your heart. I cried a lot. Which backstory would you say was the hardest, emotionally, to write?

That’s tough because they were emotional in different ways, but I would have to say Isaac’s story. I was a complete wreck after writing that part. I hope readers feel the same level of connection that I did to him.


Jealousy is a huge worry for readers in ménage. Rightly so. One way you combated this was you had these three coming together at once. Why did you choose to go at it from that angle?

Honestly, I wrote the story that my guys told me to write and there was simply no room for feelings of jealousy, cheating or being left out. Despite age differences, race differences and their individual backgrounds, these three men found a common ground and a mutual respect and love for each other, which is exactly how love should be, with no judgement and no barriers. They found something very special with each other and they weren’t going to risk it over petty things.

There’s no doubt, quickly, that physical connection was not going to be an issue with these three. But you tackled the psychology of it brilliantly. And not to say there wasn’t serious psychology but you treated it like it was the most important element. Do you feel that way and why?

I love writing sex scenes, I have a lot of fun with them, but for me, the most important part of the story is the connection between the characters. The things that are said between them, the way they treat each other outside the bedroom is what makes the intimate moments that much better.


Why did you choose a ménage relationship for these characters over the one on one relationships the others had?

I chose to write this one as a ménage for a couple of different reasons. First, ménage is one of my favorite things to read. I love the delicate balance, the give and take that members of a triad experience. So, of course, I wanted to try my hand at writing one. 

Second, I had been planning since the very first book that Matt and Isaac would have their own story at the end of the series. It wasn’t until I was writing Renewing the Soul and introduced Hudson that I fell in love with him as well and wanted to write his story. The three of them together was an idea they put in my head and they wouldn’t let up until I agreed to write their story. I know this probably sounds crazy to most people, but that’s truly how it happens for me.

Ménage relationships, and even poly relationships, face a lot of scrutiny in society. People refer to others in those relationships as greedy or indecisive. What’s your thoughts on this?

Personally, I don’t agree with that at all. Each relationship is as unique as it’s individuals and that’s a wonderful thing. What works for one person, may not work for another, but that doesn’t make one more right than the other. Whether it’s two men, two women, a man and a woman or more than two members in a relationship, I think we should just celebrate the fact that these people were able to find love in a world that’s so often filled with hate and fear.


Using one word each. Tell us what each of these characters bring to their triad relationship?

Hudson- Strength
Isaac- Trust
Matt- Hope


What do you want your readers to take away from this book?

I hope readers take away the knowledge that love in all its various forms is an amazing thing to get to experience and that if you find it, you should hold onto it with everything you’ve got.




Why do Hudson, Isaac, and Matt work so well in your opinion?

I think it’s because they are all amazingly, compassionate men. None of them came into their relationship with an ego. They all had one common goal in mind and that was to love each other to the best of their abilities.



Finally, what is one thing you want to say to your readers who are hesitant to buy this book?

I want them to know that if they are hesitant because they don’t like to read about cheating or jealousy or they’re worried about a new person joining an already established couple, this story is none of those things. These three men came into this relationship at the same time, each of them new to triad relationships and learning what that meant together. The issues they face are from the outside and they deal with them together. This story has the same love and devotion and Greene family support that the rest of my series has had and I hope everyone will give it a chance.



Thank you so much, Annabella! It was wonderful speaking with you. As I’ve already read this book I am encouraging every fan of this series or ménage to grab it! 

Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to talk with you about Uniting the Souls.


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Uniting the Souls
Releases September 28th!

Currently, it's up for preorder!!!